Daryl McMahon pulled no punches after Ebbsfleet United’s draw with Whitehawk, claiming his side’s second-half performance simply wasn’t good enough.
“I thought we were poor for 11 v 10, didn’t move the ball quick enough and went too deep,” the Fleet boss told Charles Webster. “We were clinging on, we looked nervous and we shouldn’t be. We had enough chances tonight to win two matches but when the scoreline’s 1-0, we’ve seen it here before, it’s a dangerous scoreline.
“I can’t make excuses for that last half hour. The players know it wasn’t good enough and I know it wasn’t good enough. Eight points in four games is not the end of the world but I would have wanted three tonight.”
McMahon was pleased with a first-half performance that saw Fleet take the lead but refused to call it “mixed emotions” after what he thought was a lifeless second-half display.
“It was a fantastic finish from Cookie [for the goal] but it wasn’t enough. Charlie’s played well again, he’s put a shift in and he’s not had a lot of training but you’d expect a player of his calibre to put the penalty away.”
Next up at home are Hemel Hempstead Town and McMahon will be looking for a reaction from his squad. “Hopefully instead of playing for 45 minutes, we can play for 90. Bradley Bubb should be available for Saturday and Mark Phillips hopefully we’ll have back this week but again we have to be careful with him as it’s a tender injury he’s got.”